News, Updates & Announcements

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Feb 18th, 2014

Redesigned Profiles with New Features

Screenshot of a new profile
We recently upgraded our profile pages. The new profiles look much nicer and have a bunch of new features. Each profile now has three sections: About, a feed of tea Reviews, and a list of numerical tea Ratings.

You don't need to do anything to benefit from the new profile, but if you haven't yet filled out your profile we encourage you to do so. Log in and use the Profile link in the top right to see and edit yours.

Linking With Social Media Profiles

Previously we allowed users to enter their Twitter and Steepster screennames, as well as a tea blog and other website. We have greatly expanded the selection of social media sites offered, now listing Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, along with Twitter and Steepster.

Screenshot of the new filtering optionNew social media icons
For the self-promoters out there, this new tool will allow you to build more of an audience through your use of RateTea. Is your favorite social media site not listed? Contact us and we can get it added.

Filters on Review Feed and Rating List

Screenshot of the new filtering optionA screenshot showing the new filter in action
Want to browse reviews by a particular person, but only look at their reviews of pure teas, or only Japanese teas? Want a list of your own ratings of all Earl Grey teas?

We have long since had advanced filtering features in the search and browse functions of our site, allowing people to filter lists of teas by brand, style, and region. With the new profiles, we expanded this functionality to the feed of reviews on each user's profile. We also made this feature easier to access. Currently, the review feed and rating lists can filter by region and style, and we plan to expand this functionality further.

Visit your own profile, use the people page to locate other reviewers' profiles, or browse the master feed of reviews to check this out for yourself.

We are continually improving the filtering features, so if there is something that you want to be able to search or filter by which is not listed, please contact us and we can make it a priority.

We hope you enjoy the new profiles!

Jun 26th, 2013

New Facebook Page, Footer, and Focus on Regions

Re-creating our Facebook page

We recently deleted and re-created our Facebook page to reflect our name change from RateTea.net to RateTea. (Unfortunately, Facebook wouldn't let us rename the page.) Please visit and like our new page!

We have also created a Tumblr for RateTea, so all you Tumblrs can follow it. We are, of course, also still active on Twitter. You can find links to all these sites at the bottom-right of our page, in our footer, which we recently redesigned, giving easy one-click access to more pages on the site.
Screenshot of the new regions section of the homepageRegions are now highlighted on the homepage.

New focus on regions

The purpose of RateTea is to encourage people to develop their appreciation of tea and promote sustainability in the world of tea. One of the ways we do this is through helping people learn more about where their tea is produced.

We classify teas by brand, style, and region. We have recently undertaken a project to improve our articles on regions, and draw more attention to them. You will now find:
Screenshot of the new article on TurkeyMany of the region articles now have more pictures.
The major regions, which include the countries of China, India, Japan, Ceylon, Taiwan, and Kenya, the Chinese provinces of Fujian, Yunnan, Anhui, and Zhejiang, and the two Indian regions Darjeeling and Assam, are now all available in a single click from the homepage. We have also added greater detail for some regions, including county-level detail to Yunnan province.

Beyond the common regions, we especially recommend exploring articles on regions of tea that people in the West are likely to know less about. We have greatly expanded our articles on some of these regions. Of particular interest are the articles on Turkey and Vietnam, and we also recommend checking out regions like Indonesia, Malaysia, and South Korea.

Highlighting recent reviewers

We have reworked the Recent Reviews box on the homepage so that instead of showing the most recent five tea reviews, it now highlights the five most recent reviewers. Recent reviewers will now be featured on the homepage for a longer period of time.

Mar 16th, 2012

Bug Fix For Adding Teas, And New Brand and Style Pages

Bug with red X over it
We have fixed a critical bug, one unlike this true bug of the Hemiptera order.
We just detected and fixed a critical bug that was keeping users from adding teas, and not giving any sort of meaningful error message. Our logs showed that at least 50 users probably encountered this bug. We want to apologize to any users who had encountered the bug!

Hopefully, all users will now find that they can now add new teas to our database and immediately rate and review them, when they want to review a tea that is not already listed, as described in our January newsletter Users Can Now Directly Add New Teas.

New region and style pages:

Screenshot of new region pageA screenshot of the new region page for China.
On a positive note, we also redesigned the pages for each style of tea and each tea-producing region, in the format and spirit of our recent redesigns for the page for each brand of tea. If you have not yet explored the region section of our site, which highlights the different tea producing regions, and the relationship between climate, geography, and the flavor and qualities of the tea in each region, now would be a great time to do so.

We list many teas down to the level of Chinese provinces and even individual counties, Japanese prefectures, and states and districts in India, Sri Lanka, and other countries, and our level of detail has been growing a lot recently.

More links with Wikipedia, Wikicha, Teaviews, and official websites:

In our ongoing quest to create as useful a tea resource as possible, we have also linked the region pages to Wikipedia as well as to official government websites and/or travel portals, and the pages on each style of tea, we have also linked to Wikipedia, Wikicha, and, when possible, categories of related reviews on TeaViews, a tea reviewing site that is older than RateTea, and that has a team of reviewers, rather than being open to the general public.

So go and explore our site, and, if you were one of the users who encountered a bug before, please try adding teas again! And let us know what you think of the redesigns, and, of course, feel free to bug us if you encounter further bugs!